Some of America’s best comeback stories are playing out in a most unlikely place: train stations. When rail travel began to dwindle in the 1950s and 60s, these train stations — which range from charming depots to opulent architectural marvels — were on the brink of being left behind. But thanks to creative restoration efforts, some of America’s best train stations continue to roll on, serving as transportation hubs as well as hip, modern entertainment centers that echo a bygone era.
Here are eight of our favorite train stations in the United States that have undergone some seriously cool transformations. They all have historic significance, and many now serve as their city’s living rooms, bringing together residents and travelers.